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Metro driver called a hero who saved lives in crash - CNN.com
As I understand，a hero is a man， a heroin is a woman. Any new definition in this regard？
bhaisahab has answered your question, but to answer the question posed in the subject of this thread, Yes! I know a woman called "Hero". It is quite an old fashioned name, but it is a girl's name.
(To put it more directly, the subject of this thread should have been 'Can a woman be called a hero?')
Last edited by BobK; 28-Jun-2009 at 18:30. Reason: Fix typos (WiFi in the garden)
Hero was the name of an ancient Greek... er, heroine.
Last edited by orangutan; 28-Jun-2009 at 16:28.
I am not a teacher, but I am a native speaker.
There are quite a few feminine forms of terms that are falling out of use. As bhaisahab said, this has a lot to do with "political correctness".
Also, the word "heroine" has another cultural problem with it. In the late 1800's, Bayer Pharmaceuticals decided to use the word for its new product, the now-infamous "Heroin" (aka diacetylmorphine). As pretty much everyone knows, their creation has destroyed countless lives and families, so that may also be attributed to a lessened use of the word "heroine" to mean a female hero.
Aviator - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Wikipedia thinks it's still in use; the writer of the article presumably isn't from the UK) )